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JUNE 2024 Portland to Eugene & everything in-between! YAKIMA POWERLAND 70 YEARS OF LIVE THEATER + School's Out!

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“Wheels Up” To: “ e Mile High City“

Denver, Colorado, offers a rich array of activities for visitors. Here are ten fun things to do while visiting the Mile-High City:

Explore the Denver Art Museum: Home to a vast collection of Native American art, contemporary pieces, and rotating exhibits, this museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts.

Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens: Wander through beautiful themed gardens, including a Japanese Garden and a conservatory with exotic plants from around the world.

Stroll Around Larimer Square: This historic block is known for its Victorian buildings, boutique shops, vibrant nightlife, and excellent dining options.

Take a Brewery Tour: Denver is famous for its craft beer scene. Visit breweries like Great Divide Brewing Company, Wynkoop Brewing Company, and Denver Beer Co. for tastings and tours.

Catch a Game at Coors Field: Home to the Colorado Rockies, this baseball stadium offers not only exciting games but also beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.

Explore Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Just a short drive from downtown, this natural rock formation and concert venue is perfect for a hike or catching a live show in a stunning setting.

Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science: This museum features exhibits on dinosaurs, space, and natural history, as well as an impressive planetarium and IMAX theater.

Walk Through Union Station: This historic train station has been transformed into a hub of activity with shops, restaurants, bars, and even a hotel.

Enjoy City Park: This large urban park is home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It’s a great place for a leisurely walk, picnic, or paddleboat ride on Ferril Lake.

Tour the U.S. Mint: Learn about the history of coinage in the United States and see how coins are made with a free tour of the Denver Mint.

Each of these activities showcases a unique aspect of Denver, making for an unforgettable visit.

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A Lifetime of Eye Health Begins with a Simple Eye Exam

Don’t wait until something is obviously wrong with your eyes to get them checked. Most eye issues can be prevented, detected, and treated before they get to the point of long-term damage.

Benefits of an annual eye exam include:

1. Catching eyesight changes early-on and correcting them.

2. Testing your visual acuity, discovering issues such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, astigmatism, color blindness, poor hand-eye coordination or visual perception and difficulties with the eyes’ ability to work together for tracking, teaming, and focusing.

3. Detecting glaucoma in its early stages, when there is still time to act before it worsens.

4. Identification of headaches, eye strain, fatigue, dryness, discomfort, or any visual issues.

5. Flagging potential problems with certain medications that cause vision problems and helping prevent further damage.

Schedule an appointment with board-certified optometrist Gregory Valle, OD at our Aumann Building in Corvallis by calling (541) 754-1271 today!

Gregory Valle, OD



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EMBRACE THE SEASON Publisher's Update

The rain has finally stopped, and the sun is shining brighter than ever. As the final school bell rings and the textbooks are tucked away, a collective sigh of relief echoes through the halls. School is officially out for summer! Now, it's time to swap those study schedules for sunny adventures and embrace the freedom of the season.

Summer holds endless possibilities. Whether it's days spent splashing in the pool, embarking on road trips to uncharted destinations, or simply lounging with a good book under a shady tree, this is the time to indulge in the joy of unstructured play. The long, warm days invite us to explore, create, and rejuvenate.

For families, it's a golden opportunity to bond without the rush of homework and extracurriculars. Think beach picnics, backyard barbecues, or even just enjoying the warm evenings as the sun dips below the horizon. These moments become the cherished memories that define our lives.

Here in our beautiful region, there’s no shortage of fun things to do. Explore the lush Willamette Valley with its charming vineyards and hiking trails. Head to the

coast for some beachcombing, surfing, or simply basking in the sun. Or venture over the hill into the high desert, where the stark beauty and unique adventures await. Each destination offers its own special blend of activities and scenery, perfect for creating unforgettable summer memories.

And for the grown-ups, summer is a reminder to reconnect with your inner child. Take a break from the hustle and bustle. Whether it's a weekend getaway, a leisurely afternoon in the garden, or a spontaneous ice cream outing, let yourself savor the simple pleasures.

As we step into this vibrant season, let’s commit to making the most of every sundrenched moment. And don't miss our next issue—our much-anticipated "Best of the Valley" edition, where we'll be listing all the winners and celebrating the very best our community has to offer.

Here’s to a summer filled with laughter, exploration, and unforgettable experiences.

Happy Summer!


Update to the Harold Mason Retrospective at WOU featured in the May edition: The reception has been moved to Saturday, June 8 from 2 to 4. Instead of June first. Hamersly Library is open during the summer from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and closed for holidays.

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The 4-Cylinder Diesel Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz Vans further expands its broad product range in the U.S. market. Mercedes-Benz Vans is pleased to announce the introduction of a 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder diesel engine for the Sprinter Cargo Van. This advanced powertrain produces 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission, offering customers another highly compelling option to satisfy countless business and industry needs as well as a wide range of transportation requirements.

The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel Cargo variant will join the Sprinter lineup in the U.S. market that includes the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbo diesel Cargo, Crew, Passenger and Cab Chassis, and the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline Passenger, Crew and Cargo variants.

The 4-cylinder diesel variant offers additional advantages such as low fuel consumption, low emissions, high torque and high elasticity at low speeds. The addition of the 4-cylinder diesel Cargo Van rounds out the already comprehensive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter lineup.

Since its market launch in 1995, the Sprinter continues to set the commercial van benchmark through top service levels, safety, and total cost of ownership (TCO). With the new generation of this iconic van, Mercedes-Benz underscores its role as a pioneer, driving innovation with the introduction of modern safety technologies in the large van segment.

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70 Years of Salem's Pentacle Theatre


Pentacle Theatre, still thriving as they celebrate 70 years as a uniquely organized artist collective, started

as an idea hatched by a group of Willamette University professors and their friends in 1953 over cards and cocktails.

Sparked by their collective artistic passion, Pentacle's founder's vision soon manifested with early productions presented in an old rustic barn, not unlike a fictional Hollywood tale.

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Pentacle has evolved from its humble beginnings in a country barn and expanded to its current location, an idyllic setting in the woods where dreams grow into reality. Pentacle has presented over 600 productions, engaging over 22,000 volunteers and entertaining generations of theater lovers.

In the early 1960s, award-winning architect, Charlie Hawkes, designed a five-pointed theater based on the pentacle star. The star, originally used to ward off evil spirits, is used by actors to ensure their good luck. With design in hand and leaders in place the community of volunteers, young and old came together to raise a theater.

Pentacle’s mission statement is to provide the community with a collaborative opportunity to create and

experience theater in an atmosphere of respect, support, and enjoyment. As a non-profit volunteer-based organization, teams of volunteers come together to choose which directors and productions will be part of each new season. This committee-based structure represents and maintains every area of the theater, from costumes, hospitality, to maintaining the entire 17 acres of the enchanted property. These are just a few of the ways Pentacle is different from many community theaters which are often led by the vision of a single artistic director. Pentacle is also financially independent and is not underwritten by any municipality but funded by ticket sales, grants, and the generous financial support of our members and donors.

The 2024 anniversary season opened with Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Prom, and Ripcord. Now on stage is Boy Gets Girl, a tensely fascinating, romantic thriller not to be missed. Followed by Clue on Stage, based on the board game – your childhood murder mystery on stage. Footloose the Musical, is based on the coming-of-age motion picture blockbuster, the season will end with Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley the sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

As always Pentacle Theatre welcomes new volunteers. If you are interested in helping with upcoming produc

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Pentacle Program, 1967 The Path to the Theater in the Forest The Historic Pentacle Theatre Barn

tions, from sewing costumes, painting and building sets, administratively, or joining the hospitality guild there is a place for you at Pentacle on one of our many committees.

Join the Pentacle community and get involved: Join the celebration and attend the 70th-anniversary party on July 13th: Join the audience and see the drama, feel the music, and laugh with friends.

Tickets can be purchased on Pentacle’s website or over the phone at 503-485-4300.To learn more visit the website at: Pentacletheatre.org.


Boy Gets Girl explores the consequences that arise when a blind date takes a terrifying turn, delving into themes including stalking, sexism, and the concept of romance. The play revolves around Theresa Bedell, a capable and accomplished woman in her thirties, known for her contributions to a prestigious literary magazine in New York. Despite her professional achievements, Theresa faces challenges when it comes to forming meaningful connections in her personal life.

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Art in the Mid-Valley


Every year, Artist Accelerator Residents are selected for this intensive TAC program by a jury of artists and arts administrators. They spend 12 weeks developing their business plan and professional skills to build the framework for their creative business. Interested in applying? Check TAC’s website for more information so you’ll be ready to apply in the fall. Program runs January to March.

Want to experience a net-zero exhibition? Be sure to visit the transformed main gallery at The Arts Center to explore Kathryn Cellerini Moore’s show titled, Glint, Glimmer, Glow. This innovative show is a collaborative effort with Oregon State University (OSU) engineering students who crafted a solar-powered system to project images of auroras, microorganisms, and landscape vignettes onto chainmail. The show runs until June 29th.

from sculpture and painting to film and musical composition, will be presented on campus and in downtown Corvallis.

The Arts Center’s (TAC) annual Artist Accelerator Exhibition celebrates Camila Godoy Valdés and Marie McMahon! They will show work completed during their Accelerator Residency in the Corrine Woodman Gallery at TAC from June 4th to 29th. Valdés creates playful mixed media pieces that often include flowers, animals, and faces with flowers for hair. McMahon paints with a unique combination of abstract imagery and realism, and usually completes a painting in one sitting. Meet them at the reception on Tuesday June 11th from 5:30 to 7 PM.

The 2024 OSU Art + Science Fellows Exhibition: Confluences II continues this month. This suite of exhibitions and events features interdisciplinary projects created by Art + Science Student Fellows at OSU. Work was made by students who are actively involved with research in science or engineering and who are also artists. Fellows were encouraged to create pieces that best convey their interests in ways that are not explicit or traditional, but instead holistic in how they represent themselves and the scientific work they do. Work in a variety of mediums,

PRAx (OSU campus) hosts a writing and film showcase featuring the work of Fellows Nyssa Engebo, Elizabeth Nguyen, Cassidy Ochoa, Matthew Vaughan, Gabriel Ayayia, Lucinda Boyle, and Lydia Dapkus. The presentation is on June 4th at 4 PM with a reception at 5:30 PM.

The Little Gallery (OSU campus) presents the work of Fellows Jason St. Clair, Celeste Anderle, Jazlee Crowley, Molly Pearson, AJ Damiana, Eloise Thoreson, and Carina Kusaka. The exhibition runs through June 6th.

The Truckenbrod Gallery will show the work of Fellows Dragomira Zheleva, Anne Krone, Olivia Burleigh, Nilanjana Das, and Delaney Chabot. The exhibition runs from June 7th to 29th with a reception during the Corvallis Arts Walk on June 20th starting at 4 PM.

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Pigment Expedition (detail), Molly Pearson Winter Wetlands, Marie McMahon Camila Godoy Valdés Cell-ebration of Age, Arielle (AJ) Damiana From Embers to Eden: Infrared Visions of the Milli Fire’s Legacy, Jason St. Clair

Breakable Heads, Jisu Ryu

The Fairbanks Gallery of Art celebrates the work of OSU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates with the show, Intersecting Paradigms. Considering impacts such as social media, systemic misogyny, and reclamation of narratives, their work presents a holistic vision of how life is being understood from the current perspective. Under an overarching theme of collective concern and desire for equality, their work focuses on the need for collaborative action through activism, conservation, and protection to move toward a more just world. The show runs from May 29th to June 17th with a reception on June 7th at 6 PM. The exhibitors are Sarah Ayala, Kaylee Chiang, Grace Johnson, Aspen McCallum, Jisu Ryu, Claire Schlagenhaft, Carter Shearer, Kelly Smith, Jason St. Clair, and Sofia Tapia.

June is a great month to enjoy The Corvallis Arts Walk! This grass-roots art walk takes place on the 3rd Thursday of the month in downtown Corvallis from 4 to 8 PM. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores, and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host art-related events and demonstrations. Walking maps are available at the Visit Corvallis office, 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101, Corvallis.

Artist Quote of the month:

“I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers, only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.”

- Grace Hartigan


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Truckenbrod Gallery Show

Myth or Memory, a Narrative From Two Generations

All in the Family

Photos Clockwise from top left: Catcrab - Laura Yurko, Pastel - Brenda Congdon, Delephant - Laura Yurko Pastel 2 - Brenda Congdon

The show will be an installation of Brenda Congdon's pastel work, wood sculptures that Laura Yurko (Brenda's Niece) and Brenda collaborated on, and Laura's stop motion animation. Her animation will be projected throughout the show with environmental sounds created by Greg Power, Brenda's son who is a percussionist and teacher in LA.

About the Artists

Laura Yurko is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and is now living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an art designer for several independent films and has received art design awards for her work. She also works on large floral and sculptural installations for an Atlanta event company. She likes using everyday objects and her own art in her stop motion animation to create imaginary seascapes and creatures.

Brenda Congdon is a writer and video producer who has lived in Corvallis for 6 years. She has collaborated on 2 other exhibits at Truckenbrod's Gallery, as well as several multimedia installations in Washington State before moving to Oregon. She likes to immerse herself in other worlds with folklore creatures and settings.

This is the first show that Congdon and Yurko have done together. It first came about when they realized that they have some of the same approaches to art and that they independently spent many hours in their backyard sandboxes creating their own worlds, decades apart.

Opening Reception, Monday July 1st 5:30 PM

Truckenbrod Gallery

517 SW 2nd St. in Corvallis

Hours: Fri & Sat 12-4 PM

Art Walk: July 18, 4-8 PM By appt: blcongdon@gmail.com

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River Gallery

What's New?

Wild Women Show in July 2024 at River Gallery!

During the month of July 2024, River Gallery will present the Wild Women Show! The theme will be “Celebrating Women”.

July 5th - July 31st.

Reception Saturday, July 13th from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Artists schedule provided below.

Focus Artist: Carol Chapel

"My idea of Heaven, said Peter Falk, is to 'wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing.' He could have been speaking for me.

River Gallery invites you to see a Focus Exhibit of my drawings, May and June 2024."

Window Artists Show for June 2024

A variety of 3D Artists will be featured in our Window Exhibit during the months of May and June 2024. Your favorite ceramic, metal and glass artists will be available for your viewing pleasure.

Schedule for Wild Women – Celebrating Women!


Each artist may submit one piece of art that relates to the theme Celebrating Women! The show process will be a little different this year. Please read this carefully and let us know if you have questions.


Each artist may submit one piece of art in any medium.

• There will be a $25.00 entry/hanging fee due when artwork is dropped off.

• The entries will not be juried in or out this year. All accepted art will be hung.

• The gallery reserves the right to not show submitted work. If a piece is not shown and is returned to the artist the $25.00 entry fee will be refunded.

Dropping off your artwork:

• Drop off dates will be June 27 – 30, from 11 am to 4 pm

• Each artist will complete a label for their artwork

Each artist will complete a show agreement form and sign in their work in an inventory book

We will hang the show on July 1 and it will open July 5


The reception will be held Saturday, July 13th from 2-5 pm.

Pickup of unsold work:

• Pick up artwork August 1-3, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Watch for more information on our website, and on our Facebook and Instagram pages

River Gallery

184 S. Main Street

Independence, OR. 97351




Thursdays - Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm

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I KNEW FROM THE TIME I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD THAT I WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST. I was at my grandparent’s cabin in Twain Harte, California when I saw Sophia Loren’s image in a magazine. I studied it and learned how to draw her eyes. That was the beginning of my art experience.

My art path was random but I could always find crayons, pencils and some materials to draw on.

When I was in my mid 20’s I took some College Architectural and Engineering courses in California’s Central Valley. The courses fed my creative and artistic tendencies. However, I needed to return to work in order to keep up financially with our growing family.

After a bit I went to work for a Federal Agency and was able to apply my architectural/engineering skills. That journey lasted 27 years. I loved what I did and was grateful to have supportive people working with me.

During this time I began attending classes with fellow artists in an academic setting. The instructors’s were top notch and provided some structure, but they knew when to let the artists find their own way.

I retired when I was 49 years old and moved to Oregon in 2005 with my husband, Skip.

I found my art world in Oregon. Oregon has a fabulous art community that draws you in. The people are generous with their time, thoughts and support. There is a strong art community in Oregon and that strength binds artists together in a web of creativity.

When I was at a coffee shop in 2012 with two fellow art friends, we decided that we would start a new critique group. We named it “Imagine Art Critique Group” and we each invited two other artists. This group continues to meet, critique and encourage other artists in the area.

In 2016 we moved to Monmouth. I love the small town atmosphere and the Western Oregon University. It is a walkable community.

And…then I stumbled upon River Gallery. After being an Associate Member for a bit, I became a Partner. I found my art home. It was what I had been seeking all those years.

I currently exhibit in two galleries: River Gallery in Independence, Oregon, and Pegasus Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon.







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Dream Chasm, 20x24 Mixed Media + Sgraffito Green New World, 20x20 Mixed Media + Sgraffito Finding Wildlife in the City, 16x20 Mixed Media + Sgraffito Chasing Dreams, 24x36 Mixed Media + Sgraffito Rhythm + Blues, 20x20 Mixed Media + Sgraffito
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The Unwinding : And Other Dreamings by

A highly illustrated pillow book to prompt dreaming and creativity by award-winning artist and co-author of The Lost Spells Jackie Morris (Nonfiction)

When You Trap a Tiger by

Moving with her parents into the home of her sick grandmother, young Lily forges a complicated pact with a magical tiger, in a story inspired by Korean folktales. Newbery medalwinning book, by the author of The Science of Unbreakable Things. (Children’s Fiction)

The Woman Who Smashed Codes : a True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies by

Describes the true story of Elizebeth Smith, a Shakespeare expert, who met and married a groundbreaking cryptologist and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine. (Nonfiction)

World of Wonders : In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. (Nonfiction)

Amazing Grace Adams by

Grace Adams gave birth, blinked, and now suddenly she is forty-five -- perimenopausal and stalled -- the unhappiest age you can be, according to the Guardian. One day, stuck in traffic, she finally has had enough. She gets out of her car, walks away, and sets off across London to win back her estranged daughter on her sixteenth birthday. Grace Adams used to be amazing, and although everyone seems to have forgotten, Grace is about to remind them… and, most importantly, remind herself. (Fiction)

Angle of Repose by

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a story of discovery: personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family. (Fiction)

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: A Love Story by

The Kurzweils are preserving their history through unusual means. At the center is renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has long been saving the documents of his deceased father, Fredric, an accomplished conductor and pianist from Vienna who fled the Nazis in 1938. With humanity and humor, in gorgeous handmade drawings, the author guides us through nuanced questions about art, memory, and technology, demonstrating how love grounds a meaningful life. (Graphic Novel)

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by

A chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when precocious fifteen-year-old orphan Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes. Though initially dismissive, Holmes soon recognizes something special in the girl and takes on the role of mentor and teacher. (Fiction)

Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam

In this Nebula Award-winning collection of short stories, a teen who can control the ambient digital cloud falls for a con man, and a survivor of an alien invasion worries he brought something infectious back from the Arctic.

The Atlas of Us by

In an effort to pull her life together, Atlas is working rehabbing trails in the Western Sierras. The only plus is that the days are so exhausting that Atlas might just be tired enough to forget that this was one of her dad's favorite places in the world. As she heads into the wilderness with her new team -Books, Sugar, Junior, and King -- and sheds the lies she's built up to protect herself, she realizes that four strangers might know her better than anyone has before. The more they work, the shorter the trail gets. Atlas is left counting down the days until she returns to her old life, without her team, one of whom is now more than a friend. (Young Adult Fiction)

Bright dead things: poems by Ada Limón

A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bright Dead Things examines the dangerous thrill of living in a world you must leave one day and the search to find something that is "disorderly, and marvelous, and ours." (Nonfiction)


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Dermal fillers' immediate effects are highly appealing. Unlike some cosmetic procedures requiring lengthy recovery, the results are visible right away. Whether plumping lips, softening creases, or restoring cheek volume, the change is instant and subtly enhances natural beauty, making this quick rejuvenation highly attractive.

Minimal Downtime

For many, the prospect of surgery and associated recovery is a deterrent. Dermal fillers offer a convenient alternative with little to no downtime. Most can resume regular activities almost immediately, ideal for busy lifestyles.


Dermal fillers address various aesthetic concerns: smoothing wrinkles, adding volume to cheeks and lips, contouring jawlines, and improving scars. This versatility makes them a go-to solution for diverse cosmetic needs without invasive surgery.

Gradual and Reversible Changes

The subtle, immediate effects of dermal fillers avoid dramatic appearance changes, maintaining a natural look. Most fillers, made from body-safe hyaluronic acid, can be dissolved if results are unsatisfactory, allowing a return to the original appearance.

Long-Lasting but Not Permanent

Dermal filler results can last from six months to two years, providing sustained enhancement without permanent commitment. This balance offers long-lasting improvement without lifelong changes.

Boost in Confidence

The psychological benefits of dermal fillers are significant. Many experience a confidence boost post-treatment, positively impacting social interactions, professional opportunities, and personal happiness.

In Conclusion

Dermal fillers offer a non-surgical, minimally invasive way to enhance appearance and confidence. With immediate, natural results, minimal downtime, and versatile applications, they're an excellent choice for subtle yet impactful changes. Consult a qualified professional to ensure safe, satisfying outcomes. Embrace the transformative power of dermal fillers and discover renewed beauty and confidence.

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Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon

ALTHOUGH IT IS LOCATED JUST ONE-QUARTER OF A MILE WEST OF INTERSTATE 5 AT EXIT 263, THE POWERLAND HERITAGE PARK IS A CULTURAL TREASURE THAN REMAINS UNKNOWN TO MANY OREGONIANS. On this 62-acre site for 53 years, the park is a collection of 14, independent museums that celebrate the Willamette Valley’s rich history in transportation, logging, and agriculture. The park is managed by the all-volunteer Antique Powerland Museum Association and admission is $6.00 per person ages 12 and over (except for special events) but each museum separately relies on donations from visitors. (6) A self-guided audio tour of the park is available via QR code. The park plays host to the annual Great Oregon Steam-up (antiquepowerland. com/steam-up), held the last weekend in July and first weekend in August. All of the museums are open for demonstrations, rides, and events. It is a favorite with families and over 20,000 antique equipment aficionados will travel to Brooks to attend. Each May, there is a S.T.E.A.M.’d Up for Kids day with hands-on building workshops, miniature train rides, and a scavenger hunt. The park has a Black-

smith Shop (1) where experienced hobbyists work on the four (three coal, one gas) forges. Also in the park is the Willow Creek Railroad, a 1/8th scale railroad with nearly 5,500 feet of track running trains with steam or diesel engines.

On our visit we toured:

Pacific Northwest Truck Museum (9) Housed in three buildings, the Truck Museum has over 90 trucks on display; from antique to modern day. Many are one-of-a-kind, limited run, or prototype vehicles built in the northwest by Peterbilt, Kenilworth, and others. The Museum sponsors a truck show at the end of August. Do not miss the large display of unique, vintage wrenches. pacificnwtruckmuseum.org

Oregon Electric Railway Museum (7)

The Oregon Electric Railway Museum was established at Powerland in 1996 and has the largest collection of trolleys in the Northwest built by manufacturers all over the world and dating back to the 1890’s. They will add a TriMet MAX Type 1 light rail car to their display later this year. The museum play hosts to the Powerland Hal-

loween Adventure, with fun activities for kids of all ages, on weekends throughout the month of October. oregontrolley.com

Willamette Valley Model Railroad & Operating Museum (4&8)Inside the museum is a depiction of the 1887 Springfield to Ashland Southern Pacific Siskiyou Line. It is a work in progress that began in the building almost six years ago using HO gauge (1:87 scale) track running trains with digital command controls. The all-volunteer crew is highlighting Oregon’s “Riches Ride the Rails” with a focus on the agricultural, timber, and mining products that were carried by steam and later diesel trains through what is now the Interstate 5 corridor. It begins at Tunnel 13, near Siskiyou, Oregon (the site of the October 1923, “last great train robbery in the West”) and ends in Eugene. The facility is open on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00pm for public visits. Come see the amazing, detailed work in miniature and receive a history lesson too! wvmrm.org

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Other organizations operating museums in the park are:

3. Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum (3) Opened in 2011, this museum is the dedicated to the preservation and operation of antique Caterpillar equipment. Antique Implement Society – Exhibits are housed in two buildings and feature large, antique machines powered by early gas and diesel engines.

Branch 15 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association

Their building is a replica of Wolf Iron Works of Portland with all of the original equipment used to fabricate drag saws in the first half of the 20th Century. It is open to visitors during events.

Brooks Historical Society (2) The Historical Society is housed in Brooks’ 1887-built Southern Pacific Train Depot and was moved to Powerland Heritage Park in 1989.

Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum (10) This museum is a popular meeting site for car clubs and the site of the annual Heritage Car Show each September. Adjacent to the museum is a 1938-vintage Texaco Station. (10) Oregon Vintage Machinery Museum

featuring John Deere – This museum features a replica of a 1940’s John Deere dealership and among their collection is a vintage classic, 1919 Waterloo Boy tractor. Pacific Northwest Logging Museum – The Logging Museum is the site of the Oregon State High School Forestry Championships in April featuring the log rolling competition!

Western Railway Preservation Society

The Society is working on a future site at Powerland with an emphasis in preserving narrow gauge rail engines, rolling stock, and associated structures and equipment.

Western Steam Fiends Association This is the group that established what is now known as Powerland Heritage Park. Members are steam engine enthusiasts who operate and maintain various machines around the park including a rail-mounted steam crane and a steam-powered sawmill.

The newest addition to Powerland opening in June 2024 is the Oregon Fire Service Museum (5) oregonfiremuseum.org.

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Much of it has to do with muscle memory, unconscious reactions, and impulse control. We tend to give ourselves more leeway than dogs, even though we suffer from the same challenges when trying to change old habits. I recently bought a new car with windshield wiper controls that are the exact opposite of my old car, which I drove for 10 years. I still sometimes hit the windshield wiper the wrong direction, even though intellectually I know the correct direction.

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A Quick Trip to Yakima

Nestled in the heart of Washington State, Yakima is a gem offering an enticing blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culinary experiences. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie, Yakima has something special to offer.

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A Culinary Journey

Start your adventure in Yakima with breakfast at Main Stop on the Ave. This beloved local diner is known for its hearty breakfasts, featuring classic American favorites. Whether you're in the mood for fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon, or a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, Main Stop on the Ave provides the ideal start to your day in Yakima with Mexican flair.

Make sure to visit Crafted. This upscale eatery is a haven for food lovers, offering a menu that celebrates the diverse flavors of the Pacific Northwest. The ambiance is cozy yet sophisticated, making it perfect for both casual dinners and special occasions. Be sure to try their sea-

sonal dishes, which highlight locally sourced ingredients and creative culinary techniques.

Another can't-miss dining spot in Yakima is Los Hernandez Tamales. This family-owned gem is renowned for its handmade tamales, a beloved staple in the Yakima Valley. Whether you opt for the classic pork and chicken varieties or their seasonal asparagus tamales, every bite is a testament to the tradition and care that goes into their preparation. It’s no wonder Los Hernandez has earned a James Beard Award for their outstanding contributions to America's culinary landscape.

When dinner time rolls around, make

sure to visit JJ's Birria. Known for its mouthwatering birria tacos, this spot has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The rich, savory flavors of the slow-cooked meat, perfectly paired with fresh tortillas and traditional consomé, create a dining experience that's both comforting and memorable.

Exploring History and Culture

Yakima's rich heritage is beautifully showcased at the Yakima Valley Museum. With its amazingly broad collection, this museum offers fascinating exhibits on the region's Native American history, pioneer life, and the agricultural roots that have shaped Yakima into the thriving community it is today. Don't miss the

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Above: James Beard Award winning, Los Hernandez Tamales
Below: a pioneer wagon at the Yakima Valley Museum


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impressive collection of horse-drawn carriages and the hands-on children's area, which makes it a perfect destination for families.

Outdoor Adventures

For those who crave outdoor exploration, the Cowiche Canyon Trail is a must-visit. This stunning trail system offers a variety of paths for hikers of all skill levels. As you traverse the canyon, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of wildflowers, rugged cliffs, and the serene Cowiche Creek. It’s a tranquil escape into nature, right on the doorstep of the city.

A Day Trip to Tieton

Just a short drive away, the town of Tieton awaits with its unique blend of small-town charm and artistic flair. This community has reinvented itself as a hub for creative endeavors. Explore the local galleries, catch a live performance, or just enjoy the relaxing town square.

While in Tieton, don't miss a visit to Wallflower Social. This charming coffee shop is a local favorite, offering a cozy atmosphere and a delightful menu of coffee, pastries, and light bites. If you're looking for upscale food and shopping, don't miss Nomad Kitchen & Meercantile, very cool, on the corner, you can't miss it. Great bites and quality gear are both on the menu. Don Mateo Salvadorian Food is a must-visit. This delightful eatery serves up authentic Salvadorian dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. From pupusas to yuca con chicharrón, Don Mateo offers a unique culinary experience that adds an international flair to your Tieton adventure.

A standout among Tieton's creative projects is Tieton Mosaic. This community-driven art initiative creates stunning mosaic installations that are both beautiful and thought-provoking. These intricate artworks are spread throughout the town, adding a vibrant and colorful touch to Tieton’s public spaces. Touring the installations provides a deeper appreciation for the collaborative spirit and artistic innovation thriving in this small town.

Staying in Yakima

For accommodations, look no further than the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Yakima. This modern hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent amenities, including a fitness center and an on-site restaurant. Its central location makes it easy to explore the

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Photos: the mind-blowing collection at the Yakima Valley Museum A QUICK TRIP TO YAKIMA

city, and the friendly staff ensures a welcoming stay. After a day of adventure, relax in the hotel's cozy ambiance, knowing you're just steps away from Yakima's vibrant downtown area.

A Night at the Theatre

No visit to Yakima would be complete without an evening at the Capitol Theatre. This historic venue, with its stunning architecture and rich legacy, is the cultural heart of the city. The Capitol Theatre hosts a variety of performances throughout

the year, including Broadway shows, concerts, and local productions. It's the perfect way to cap off your day, immersing yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Yakima.

Local Scenery

As you travel through Yakima, you'll notice a distinctive feature of the local landscape: apple crates piled to the sky. This sight is a testament to the region’s agricultural prowess, particularly its renowned apple orchards. The stacked crates, ready for the next harvest, symbolize Yakima’s

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High Season Festivities

The high season in Yakima is during the summer, when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities and the city comes alive with festivals and events. From music festivals and farmers' markets to wine tastings and cultural celebrations, summer in Yakima offers a vibrant calendar that caters to all interests. The sunny days and pleasant evenings provide the ideal backdrop for exploring the

region's attractions and enjoying its local festivities.


Yakima, Washington, is a destination that invites exploration and indulgence. From the delectable flavors at Main Stop on the Ave, Nomad Restaurant, Los Hernandez Tamales, JJ's Birria, and Don Mateo Salvadorian Food to the historical insights at the Yakima Valley Museum, and the natural beauty of the Cowiche Canyon Trail, every moment spent in Yakima is filled with

discovery. Add to that the artistic allure of Tieton, complete with a cozy stop at Wallflower Social and the vibrant works of Tieton Mosaic, the comfortable stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, and the cultural richness of the Capitol Theatre, and you have a travel experience that is both enriching and restfull. Pack your bags and set your sights on Yakima – a place where adventure and charm await at every turn.

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The City of Dallas is 15 miles west of Salem on Oregon Highway 223. The Polk County seat, Dallas’ current population is 17,000 residents. The first pioneers settled the area in the 1840’s and the town was incorporated in 1874 (2024 is their Sesquicentennial) on the ancestral lands of the Luckiamute band of the Kalapuyans. Rickreall Creek runs east through town near turn-of-the-century homes and churches. Oregon’s late U.S. Senator, Mark O. Hatfield, was born in Dallas in 1911 and Willamette Valley Lumber Company (later Willamette Industries) was founded in Dallas in 1906, operating mills there until 2009.

A Dallas Classic

Old Mill Feed & Garden

In a restored co-op building since 2007, this family-owned feed shop has been serving the area for almost 30 years specializing in pet, livestock, and garden products. They carry veggie starts, seeds, bedding plants, and soil for gardeners. They stock feed, supplements, and supplies for all types of livestock and have an extensive selection of pet food, accessories, bird feeders, and seed. The “poultry event of the year”, Annual Chick Day is in early April when you can pre-order your pullets! 1313 Main Street oldmillfeed.com

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Things to See and Do:

Located 13 miles south of Dallas on US Highway 99W, this site was Oregon’s first state park on 5 ½ acres of landed gifted by Sarah Helmick. The wooded, day-use park rests on the banks of the Luckiamute River and is popular for fishing, picnicking, and kayaking with 15 of the park’s now 82 acres open to the public. In 2022, the park was placed on the National Public Register and remains a great spot to enjoy shady trees and lush grass on a summer day.

10485 Helmick Road, Monmouth stateparks.oregon.gov/index. cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=98

Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Named for a long-time Dallas resident who spearheaded the restoration of Rickreall Creek, the arboretum showcases over 1,000 native trees and plants on seven acres adjacent to Dallas City Park. It opened in 1983 and is operated by an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. The park features trails through a variety of small eco-systems that are pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Trail maps are available at the education center, a plant list is on their website, and there are over 200 interpretive signs throughout the arboretum.

631 SW Park Street delberthunterarboretum.org

Benedetto Vineyards

Benedetto Vineyards grow grapes in South Salem and near Dallas and their newly-built tasting room has become a favorite for locals thanks to their busy calendar of events. Food trucks and free live music are featured throughout the summer and half-priced glasses of wine are available on Wine-Oh Wednesdays. Stop by to try a flight of five vintages, enjoy the hillside views, and consider membership in their Wine Club.

14020 Orchard Knob Road benedettovineyards.com

Galaxy Won

This “Alien and Robot Refueling Station” is a space-themed pinball joint with classic arcade games and a full-service concession stand. It is a fun, OG entertainment spot for families and great for group events and parties; with pinball games priced from 50 cents to one dollar and arcade games starting at just 25 cents. Their own Sidewinder Fries (a French fry/Jojo mash-up) are a must-try and their pizzas are baked on handpulled dough. They have beer, wine, cider, and soft drinks on tap. Bring quarters!

780 Main Street galaxywon.com

Places to Stay:

Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites

Dallas Inn & Suites offers travelers plenty of amenities like free, grab-n-go breakfasts, in-room coffee makers, an on-site fitness room, and spa pool. Conveniently located just 3 miles south of State Highway 22, it is a quick drive to the Polk County Fairgrounds, Spirit Mountain Casino, or further down the road to Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. 250 Orchard Drive bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-dallas/best-western-dallasinn-suites/propertyCode.38138.html

Places to Eat: Karma Coffee Bar & Bakery

This “home away from home” coffee shop, opened by a mother-daughter team in 2018, is in a cozy house with a patio in front and a drive-thru on the side. Always bustling, Karma is a popular stop for Dallas residents seeking out their house-made baked goods. Their menu includes sweet and savory scones, muffins, and quiche. Our Raspberry-Coconut Scone went perfectly with a latte…yum! 1062 Main Street dallaskarma.com

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A decades-long Corvallis favorite, downtown Dallas is lucky to be home to New Morning’s second shop. Located on a busy, Main Street corner, they are open all day serving espresso drinks and their freshly-baked specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But the restaurant’s fast and casual style makes it a great place to grab a treat any time.

788 Main Street newmorningbakery.com/dallas

West Valley Tap House

This locally-owned tap house has a relaxed atmosphere and the 65 taps carry Oregon wines, cider, kombucha, kefir, and soda as well as beer, of course. The four-season, outdoor patio is pet-friendly and kids are always welcome. Their “Name that Tune Thursdays”, retro pinball arcade, and smoked ribs on Friday evenings make them a great place to meetup. They serve award winning chili but we tried what was pitched as “the best hamburger in town” and it was fantastic. The batter-fried potato petals were amazing too. The current tap list is available online and they are happy to fill growlers. 957 Main Street wvtaphouse.com

Scio Hardware & Mercantile

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Scio Hardware and Mercantile is your local hardware and general merchandise store with everything you need for your home and garden 38737 N. Main St. Scio, OR 97374 | 503-394-3824 Monday to Saturday 7:30 to 5:30 facebook.com/sciohardware “A little slice of America in Scio” New Morning Bakery

Newly opened in November 2023, Red Clover Public House transformed a 1932 Dutch Colonial residence into a full-service restaurant with a dog-friendly patio and a stage for live music outdoors. Indoors there are billiards and darts upstairs. The bar includes a zero-proof cocktail menu along with local wines and beer on tap. They have a meat smoker on site and barbeque is served nightly after 4:00pm…just watch for the green flag out front. Our Smoked Brisket French Dip and homemade potato salad were both delicious!

883 SW Church Street redcloverpub.com

Dreamies Creamery

A truly unique find, Dreamies’ ice cream is churned locally in West Salem…from sheep’s milk! Woman-owned and opened in 2022, the shop introduces several new flavors each month with seasonal specials. Sheep’s milk is easier to digest, naturally sweeter, and higher in protein and calcium that other milks, making it perfect for ice cream making. Pre-packed pints are for sale on site and Dreamies is working on a collab with nearby Red Clover Public House to make Salted Honey ice cream. We can vouch for the Caramel Crunch – heck, yeah!

141 SW Court Street dreamiescreamery.com

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Places to Shop:

Main Street Emporium

Main Street Emporium is an eclectic boutique filled with apparel, accessories, vintage pieces, gifts, and décor. They have a wonderful selection of house plants in interesting and unusual (an antique bedpan, for example) planters. The owner’s original designs are carried in a line of private-label baby and children’s clothing sold only in-house and the bright, fun selection of outfits for little ones is extensive. The historic, 1889 building houses individual-vendor booths and showcases local, artisan-made products, and books by local authors. 857 Main Street facebook.com/mainstreetemporiumofdallas

Brixius Jewelers

Stepping into Brixius Jewelers feels like a return to the past but it is not retro, it is original! The current owner is a second-generation jeweler whose parents bought the shop in 1959. The fixtures and cases date back to the early 20th Century and the 1908 cash register still works, as long as you don’t buy anything over $69.95! All jewelry and watch repairs are done in-house and loyal customers travel from three counties to shop here…a real gem! 837 Main Street

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Le Patissier

All prepared in-house from the freshest ingredients available.


2 cups fresh raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup cold water

1 cup heavy whipping cream


Place the raspberries in a food processor; cover and puree. Strain and discard seeds. Transfer puree to a large bowl. Stir in sugar and lemon juice.

In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir into raspberry mixture. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, about 1 hour. Transfer gelatin mixture to a large bowl. Beat on high speed until foamy. Gradually add cream; beat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Spoon into dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours. If desired, garnish with additional raspberries.

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Raspberry Mousse


Raspberry Mint Salad


3 sprigs mint

4 cups Mesclun mix

• 2 cups spinach leaves

• 1 pint raspberries

• ½ cup walnuts


• ½ cup sugar

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

• 1 ½ tsp minced onion

• ¼ tsp Worcestershire

Sauce (vegan available)

• ¼ tsp paprika

• ½ cup olive oil

• ¼ cup apple cider vinegar


Pick leaves off mint sprigs and chop. Place Mesclun mix, spinach, raspberries, walnuts, and mint in salad bowl and toss.

Place sugar, seeds, onion, Worcestershire, and paprika in blender. With blender running, add oil and vinegar in slow steady stream until well mixed and thickened. Dress salad, toss, and serve.


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Real Estate Update

Smart Home Gadgets for Summer Fun


If you sloughed through winter with visions of making your house the hangout spot of the summer, you’ll want to bookmark this page. We’re outlining the gadgets you’ll need on hand to turn your home into a modern entertaining destination!

Keyless Door Lock

No one wants to be kept inside on door duty when the party is in the backyard. Give trusted guests the freedom to enter on their own by installing a keyless door lock. By swapping a traditional key entry with one of the many keyless touchpad lock options, not only will you avoid always rummaging around the house itself searching for the keyring, you’ll also be able to create temporary codes to give to guests that unlock the front door. While they can come right in and enjoy the party, you won’t have to forfeit any sense of security, since those access codes can later be changed once the party’s over.



and Energy Monitor

You know the drill. When temperatures go soaring, the air conditioner plummets. However, there’s a better way to keep your home’s climate comfortable than constantly blasting cold air. Instead, opt for a smart thermostat that learns the heating and cooling patterns of your home and adjusts energy usage accordingly.

Install something like the Nest Learning Thermostat and you’ll not only get a better idea of how you’re currently using energy at home and how that affects your bills every month, but you’ll also have the option to control your cooling system with a smartphone app. Picture this: you ran out to the store for one more item before friends arrive, and you realize you didn’t turn on the air conditioning. Before you hop into the car, open the Nest app and tell it how cool you’d like the house to be by the time you return home.

Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speakers

While you’re hanging outside and listening to music, splashes and spills will happen, we can guarantee that. What can’t be guaranteed is whether the music will stop because of these splashes. Keep the tunes playing by arming your festivities with water-resistant speakers that won’t fritz out with the smallest splash. Plus, most portable speakers have Bluetooth connectivity, so you’ll be able to keep the smartphone or tablet you’re streaming music through with you up to 30 feet before interfering with the connection range.

Party-Ready Lighting System

As the sun dips in the sky for the night, you have the perfect opportunity to showcase one of our favorite smart home gadgets—colorful and very intelligent lights! Creating ambient lighting does not involve black lights or scarves thrown over lamps anymore. The electronics brand Philips has made itself the leader in colorful solutions for relaxing at home that can also be synced across Wi-Fi systems. The Philips Hue family of

products offers everything from movie theater-style light strips—how great would those look along window panes?— to long-lasting LED light bulbs that can be controlled via smartphone app and programmed to nearly infinite color combinations. Keep the party humming well into the night by getting creative with smart lighting’s endless color palette.

Security Camera

Of course, we’re going to have to add a touch of practicality to your gadget arsenal. With all those people streaming in and out of your house through a variety of entrances, accidents may happen and a door can be mistakenly left open. Create some peace of mind without helicoptering around the doors or your guests by installing a security camera on the exterior or interior of the house. Choose a smart security camera option with Wi-Fi viewing to keep an eye on what’s happening in your house from the convenience of an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer browser. Indoor camera options are ideal for homes that have small children or pets that you may want to check in on from another room or when away for the day. Opt for an outdoor camera when it’s a crime deterrent you’re after or if there’s a pool or other item you’d like to monitor on your property.

Stock up on these tech gadgets and you’ll be ready to party all summer long.

46 Willamette Living Magazine | JUNE 2024 Hong PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry Hong Wolfe • REAL ESTATE
Hong Wolfe, PhD Windermere Willamette Valley in Corvallis. Contact her at Hong@hongwolfe.com 541-740-9497

On the Money

7 Ways to Build Financial Literacy in Your Children

CHILDREN OFTEN LEARN THEIR FIRST LESSONS ABOUT MONEY FROM THE ADULTS THEY’RE CLOSEST TO. Whether it’s listening to parents discuss a purchase or watching them pay bills online, kids are observant and their relationship with money is often shaped by what surrounds them. If you are a parent looking to instill financial wisdom in your children, here are some ways to get started.

Set a good example. Kids often model what they see. Be intentional about the example you’re setting. Proactively discuss money with your children. Talk about what’s important to you moneywise and use everyday moments to bring it to life such as bringing them along when you speak to a financial advisor or consider an expenditure.

Share knowledge. You can give your kids important life skills by building their foundation of financial knowledge. Shape good habits with simple lessons about how to track spending or saving up for something special. Why wait until they’re on their own to talk about the value of good credit or to explain how compound interest can make savings grow? Talk about the rewards (and challenges) of delayed gratification and the perils of

importance of financial security and the value of professional guidance.

Encourage goal setting. Instill the habit of goal setting early. Discuss your own goals – such as paying for a family vacation or saving for a new car – and how you follow through on them. Encourage your children to set a goal or two of their own.

Reinforce the value of work. Children learn the value of a dollar sooner when they are exposed to the effort that goes into earning each one. Consider whether you want to provide an allowance or pay them for helping with chores. When they start a part-time job, talk through the various ways they can allocate the money earned. It’s human nature to be more careful when spending your own versus someone else’s money.

Introduce the concept of budgeting. Budgeting doesn’t have to be a negative concept. Having a spending plan can be empowering because you know exactly what money is going to meet each need and goal. Start explaining this concept early on. Kids should understand that you impose limits on your own spending,

and why it’s important to live within your means. For example, a trip to the grocery store can be an opportunity to share why you make the choices you do.

Model philanthropy. If giving back to the causes you care about is important to you as an investor, it can be impactful to show your children the power of giving. You might suggest they apply a savespend-share philosophy toward their own money. The idea is to set aside a portion of their allowance or earnings for future wants or needs, spend another portion on today’s wants or needs, and give a portion to causes they care about. Whether it’s enacting a spending philosophy or having a conversation with your child about how you use your money to give back, passing down your philanthropic values can be a rewarding experience for both parties.

Be a resource. Most kids make a few financial mistakes as they mature into adults. Let them know they can turn to you for guidance. Encourage them to continue to build smart money habits and remind them they don’t have to navigate their financial journey alone.

SCHOOL'S OUT! | www.willametteliving.com 47 Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at Sten.E.Carlson@ampf.com 541-757-3000 Sten Carlson, CFP®, CLTC, CKA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at www.PacWestWealthPartners.com or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
Sten Carlson • YOUR debt. As they get older, emphasize the

Straw Hats: The Right Choice for Summer Fun

WITH MEMORIAL DAY BEHIND US, IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OR PURCHASE A STRAW HAT. Straw hats can take you from a long day’s work to the beach for a sunny vacation, or anywhere in between.

Weather you are looking for a ridged cowboy hat with a ventilated crown, a boater hat or fedora with wide, flat brims to keep the sun out of your eyes. They’ll look just as great on the golf course, on the river, or at your back yard BBQ.

When it comes to color options, the most popular are variations of natural seagrass, toquilla palm, and golden wheat. Bleached fibers for white and cream designs are also popular.

Caring for men's straw hats is different than caring for other hats. Even the sturdiest straw is a little delicate. Because

of this, a straw hat needs to be treated with care to look its best and get the longest possible life from it.

When cleaning your straw hat, brush it with a soft brush followed by a damp cloth to remove dirt, dust, and other material. As you do so, follow along the weave in a circular pattern. Once you are done, let it air dry thoroughly.

After cleaning or using your hat, make sure to store it safely. Hang the hat on a hook or put it in a sturdy container or hat box. This will prevent it from being accidentally crushed or damaged in some other way. even the most delicate straw hat should serve you for several seasons with careful use and storage.

48 Willamette Living Magazine | JUNE 2024 Oscar B. Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at www.thenattydresser.com Oscar The Haberdasher PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry Oscar B. Hult • THE STYLE GUIDE www.TheNattyDresser.com

In The Garden


(Are Pollinators Too!)

POLLINATOR WEEK IS JUNE 17-23, 2024. Sixteen years ago, the US Senate set aside a week in June to make the public aware of the decline in pollinators and promote planting and practices to encourage pollinators. We normally think of bees, butterflies and insects as pollinators, but hummingbirds are good pollinators, too! According to Pollinator. org, “Hummingbirds are the primary birds which play a role in pollination in North America.”

Here in the Willamette Valley, the two primary types of hummingbirds are Anna’s and rufous. Anna’s hummingbirds are resident, which means they stay here during the winter and need food. The rufous hummingbirds are migratory, arriving in our area in March to early April.

Having a plant nectar source for hummingbirds year-round is important. The best practice is to select native plants but there are a few non-native, non-invasive varieties that are super hummingbird attractors, too. Choosing plants that bloom at different times of the year feeds the overwintering species. They like tubular-shaped flowers in bright

colors. Red is a favorite but not the only color they will go to. They need nest sites too, and oaks, willows, blackberries, dogwoods, and more provide that. I have seen nests in winter-flowering camellias and fuchsia hanging baskets.

Here’s a list of nectar plants for hummingbirds.


Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp): late winter to early spring bloomers. Shrub and ground cover forms.

Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum): Pink flowers in early spring.

Oregon grape (Mahonia sp): Bright, yellow flowers in late winter.

Cascade columbine (Aquilegia formosa): red flowers in spring.

Western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa): a pretty woodland or shade garden plant.

Beardtongue (Penstemon sp): native and non-native types.


Salvia: Salvia greggii (native to west Texas into Mexico) is very popular with them! Both annual and perennial varieties of Salvia are available.

Hardy fuchsia: A wonderful part-shade plant with attractive flowers.

Hummingbird Mint (Agastache sp): Pretty flowers, lovely fragrance, and attracts other pollinators.

Beebalm (Monarda didyma): the genus is native to North America. Long blooming and attracts bees.

Cuphea sp: Vermillionaire is great but other varieties will work. Cool, cigar-like red flowers.

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Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis.
• GARDENING www.GarlandNursery.com
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PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

Be Summer-Ready


Whether your idea of a splendid summer break is camping under the stars or taking a luxury cruise, you want to look great doing it.

That's where permanent makeup can be a real benefit. It makes sense that permanent eyebrows, eyeliner or lip color will save you time getting ready in the morning -- time that you'd rather spend enjoying your summer. When you're on vacation, permanent makeup helps you look your best all the time and be confident about your appearance. With permanent makeup:

• You won't want to hide when it's family picture time -- look great in all the vacation photos and videos. You won't have to skip swimming or other water fun because it will wash your "face" away.

• You won't have to pack all the bottles, tubes and cases of daily makeup.

• You'll be ready for any type of adventure that comes your way.

Another great reason to have permanent makeup applied is to limit the effects of heat and humidity on your appearance. No matter what weather the summer brings, you won't experience any melting or disappearing makeup.

Having permanent makeup applied can really enhance your summer, but it's important to find the right permanent

makeup artist. First, you should know that applying permanent makeup takes a combination of training, skill and artistic ability. Always ask to see before-and-after photos that show your artist's results for the type of makeup you want. Then, ask about training and membership in industry organizations like the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals.

If you're looking forward to having permanent makeup this summer, now is the time to get started! You'll need to avoid the sun or pool for about a week after application, so plan to have your makeup done before you pack your bags and leave for vacation.

Happy Summer!

50 Willamette Living Magazine | JUNE 2024 Looking Good PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
Cheryl Cheryl Lohman • LOOKING GOOD Cheryl Lohman CPCP, is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and owns Oregon Permanent Makeup in Corvallis Contact Cheryl: 541-740-1639 www.OregonPermanentMakeup.com www.OregonPermanentMakeup.com


How to Easily Drink More Water


Temperatures are up and so is everyone’s activity level! To maintain our vitality, we should all be getting at least half our body weight in ounces of water each day. And research shows that 75% of us are chronically dehydrated. Why do we need so much water anyway?

For one, our brain needs it. Did you know that as little as a 2% fluid loss can affect your memory, mood, concentration and reaction time? Brain fog, depression, and memory loss often can be remedied with adequate water!

Our digestive systems need it. Feeling constipated? If you aren’t pooping at least once a day, reach for more water! It keeps the pipes clean and functioning properly. Also, if your pee is not more clear than yellow, then you need more water. That’s all I’ll say about that.

Need more energy? Instead of reaching for caffeine as a quick fix, turn to more water! Dehydration slows down your circulation, affecting the flow of oxygen to the brain and body. Of course that would make you feel sluggish!

Weight management. People who drink

more water tend lose weight faster by reducing their overall caloric intake and helping to regulate their metabolism. And of course, when we feel foggy and listless, we tend to reach for quick fixes like sugary drinks or junk food that don’t hydrate but may increase our weight. Water = Zero calories.

Our joints need it! Since our joint cartilage is made up with 80% water by weight, it makes sense that keeping hydrated also keeps our joints lubricated! Less pain and greater mobility is an excellent reason to stay hydrated! When thinking about mobility in particular, picture hydrated muscles like a raw steak, very pliable. Dehydrated muscles are more like beef jerky, tight and harder to maneuver. How do your muscles feel?

Many people have trouble acclimating to the taste of plain water, so here are some ways to make it more appetizing and to ensure you are getting enough.

Invest in a water filter. There is no doubt that the flavor of pure filtered water is so much better than off the tap. Unless of course you are on well water, which I know for some is preferable. Add a little something to it... Fresh herbs from the garden can add subtle flavor to water. Lemon balm, peppermint, or

even lavender sprigs can be nice. Any fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries, lemon and lime, and cucumber are great infusions. Freeze the fruit into ice cubes and use them!

Getting enough water is a habit that needs to be cultivated. It takes time and practice. Fill a jug with the amount you need and any added infusions the night before, so you have it for the next day. Get a water bottle you love that is easy to drink from and take it everywhere you go! Drink a full glass first thing in the morning, before each meal, and at each bathroom break. Don’t just sip, take in 5-10 large gulps each time you drink so you get more overall. Set a reminder on your phone or get a water tracking app to help.

Prioritize hydration and you will be amazed at how much better your body feels.

Enjoy your summer! And remember, just because you are in the water, it doesn’t mean you’re hydrating. Keep that water bottle close by so you can reach for it often!

SCHOOL'S OUT! | www.willametteliving.com 51 Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Reiki Master, and Holistic Nutritionist. Contact Kris at: healthytothesoul@gmail.com Kris Kris Denning • HEALTH & FITNESS www.HealthyToTheSoul.com PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
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Travel Smart





Whether it's road trips, family outings, or camping adventures, summer is the perfect time to enjoy those around you and make lasting memories. However, maintaining healthy eating habits on the road can be challenging. Fortunately, with a bit of planning and a focus on mindful choices, you can keep your nutrition goals on track and enjoy your journey to the fullest.

A successful summer road trip starts with planning, especially when it comes to maintaining healthy eating habits. Packing the right essentials is crucial for staying on track with your nutrition goals. Invest in a high-quality cooler to keep perishable items fresh throughout your journey. Reusable containers and utensils make meal preparation and storage easy and eco-friendly. Fill your cooler with a variety of healthy snacks (more on this below) to ensure you have plenty of options on hand.

But you don’t need to pack an entire kitchen. Making pit stops is certainly part of the fun on a road trip! So if you do a little research on your route, you can identify healthy food options along the way, such as grocery stores,

healthy restaurants, and health food stores. Knowing where to find nutritious food options ahead of time can help you avoid the temptation of fast food and gas station snacks. And thanks to smartphones and Google Maps, it’s easier than ever.

When it’s time to load your cooler, focus on fruits, vegetables, and protein-rich options. These will ensure that you get the nutrients your body needs to feel satisfied while maintaining energy levels during your travels. Luckily, fruits and vegetables make the ultimate portable snacks! Everything from apples, oranges, grapes, and berries is convenient and can be packed as-is or sliced (or peeled) in advance. Similarly, veggie sticks such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cucumbers are perfect for snacking and easy to pack. Pair these with hummus for a tasty and nutritious treat.

For protein-rich ideas, almost every grocery store now has ready-to-go, singleserving options of tuna, hard-boiled eggs, and Greek yogurt, all of which can be easily stored in your cooler. Pre-grilled chicken breasts, turkey burgers, and other lean meats can offer you something more substantial without compromising on the quality or convenience.

Last but not least, let’s talk about eating out while on the road. When choosing

restaurants, look for those with healthy menus or customizable options. Many places now offer grilled or baked proteins as alternatives to fried dishes, making it easier to opt for a healthier choice. Sides like salads, steamed vegetables, or baked potatoes are excellent alternatives to the typical fries or chips. Don’t hesitate to ask for modifications to suit your dietary preferences. And when dining out, don’t forget to pay attention to portion sizes, as restaurant servings can often be larger than necessary. By stopping at 80% full, you’ll avoid overeating and saving some for later can be your next meal on the road.

Maintaining healthy eating habits during road trips is not only possible but can enhance your travel experience by keeping you energized and feeling great. You can savor the journey without compromising your health by preparing nutritious snacks, packing quick and easy meals, and making smart choices when eating out. Bon voyage and happy, healthy travels!

52 Willamette Living Magazine | JUNE 2024 Fitness PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
Drew Skaggs • FITNESS Drew Skaggs is the owner and Head Coach of The SHOP in downtown Corvallis. We deliver personalized strength and fitness in a group setting. Drew Skaggs: (541) 243-8948 drew@shop-training.com www.shop-training.com

Queen’s Chopstick

Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why.


11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis


del Alma

An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience.

Menus and more at: delalmarestaurant.com

Open for dinner

Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00

136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222

Homegrown Oregon Foods

Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an affordable price, and always 100% gluten free.

Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery See the website for details.

212 1st. Ave. in Albany 541-971-7174


Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out.

Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites.

Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert.

A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi!

Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 San�am Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s)

(541) 497-2622

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too.

Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00

219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com 541-754-0181

La Rockita

Corvallis' favorite Mexican food. Come eat! Or order online for pickup.

11AM to 7PM, closed on Sundays.

922 NW Circle Blvd #130 541-753-7143


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You can also solve the crossword online at: willametteliving.com Works great on an iPad or a desktop. Look for the "crossword" link. May Solution:  School's Out! This issue's theme Across 1 UV protection 6 Moisten with water 8 Banana split ingredient, 2 words 10 It's often used as a fishing plat form 11 French for gold 12 Warmed the bench 13 Fun activity for kids at the pool 15 In shadow 17 "___ Follow the Sun" (The Beat les) 19 Go brown in the sun 20 Duck's mate 21 Secure 22 Tire pressure measurement, abbr. 23 Large aquatic mammals 25 Louisville Slugger, e.g. 26 River craft 29 Over 90 degrees, say 30 Prosecutor, for short 31 Employ 32 Bambi's mom, e.g. 34 Spring from a board 35 Produce a mottled effect Down 1 Beach attire 2 Vane direction, abbr. 3 Ocean motion 4 Historical time period 5 Raleigh's state, abbr. 6 Kayaking challenge, 2 words 7 Rotate 9 Fish n' chips fish 10 Cushion 12 Tot's beach construction 14 Bahamas, e.g. 15 Enjoys lying on the beach taking in rays 16 Painting of the sea and the shore, e.g. 18 Where Chapstick is applied 23 Mum 24 Move quickly, as clouds 25 Ocean floor 27 "___ mentioned ..." 28 The Silver State, for short 33 Approve
Sten Carlson, CFP®, MBA, BFA™, CRPC®, CLTC®, CKA® Private Wealth Advisor Jorge Martinez, MBA, CRPC® Financial Advisor Daniel Rilling, CRPC® Financial Advisor Ron Scheller, CFP®, RICP®, ChFC®, APMA® Financial Advisor Not FDIC or NCUA Insured | No Financial Institution Guarantee | May Lose Value Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with plaque design) in the U.S. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser, © 2023 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. PacWest Wealth Partners A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC (541) 757-3000 2396 NW Kings Blvd Corvallis, OR 97370 (541) 926-4116 507 Washington St SW Albany, OR 97321 (503) 399-9498 925 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97302 (541) 382-2354 404 Columbia St SW Bend, OR 97702 PacWestWealthPartners@ampf.com www.PacWestWealthPartners.com

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